The Chelsea manager was one relieved man after his team’s 4-0 win at Qarabag, meaning that the last game of the Champions League group stage against Atletico Madrid, at home, won’t be decisive for the Blues. They have already qualified, and only the top spot in the group is left to be decided.
To avoid Atletico’s game becoming decisive for us is very important. It will be a good chance to have another rotation with my players
Antonio Conte told reporters in Baku, before Chelsea’s five-and-a-half-hour flight back to London. It was on that plane that the Italian prepared his plans for Saturday’s game against Liverpool, not letting the opportunity drop, to talk again about how “not right” the schedule of the Premier League teams feels to him.
We have to work during the flight, to prepare the game against Liverpool. To have only one day to rest and only one day to prepare this big game is not simple, is not easy. I think also it’s not right. I don’t want to make excuses, but this is the reality. Also, when people hear the complaints of the coach, someone has to help us. The press, the TV, to underline this strange situation
the Italian said, and it’s hard to blame him for overreacting. Chelsea were back to London early Thursday morning, having spent the night on a plane. Scheduling the Anfield derby for Sunday instead of Saturday, would have made much more sense, not just to Conte, but to other PL teams’ managers as well, who have found themselves in Conte’s shoes at some point, and will find themselves in his shoes in the future as well for sure.